Electric Personal Transport (Scooters, skateboards, one-wheels, etc)

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  1. Hrodulf

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    Any of you people ride one of the newfangled e-thingies? I recently decided to use an e-skateboard for fun and commuting to work. Initially a bicycle seemed more viable, but I live on the 6th floor with no elevator, so I wasn't sure I'd like to lug a bike up and down every day. Also the darn thing would takes tons of space in my apartment, so that was a no go. E-scooters initially seemed like a decent idea, but I'm hardly petite at 118kgs and would need one of the more high caliber scooters. It would take up less space, but the weight is like two bicycles and many can't be carried easily.

    Enter the e-skateboard. After some research I chose the Wowgo 3X as good compromise between specs/price/weight. It looks like a regular longboard, but has some electronics under the deck.

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    You control the throttle with a remote and steer by shifting to the sides like on a regular skate/long-board. As I understand, the idea behind a powered longboard isn't new, but it was really Boosted (now defunct) who put the e-sk8 on the map. Nowadays there are Chinese companies who have perfected the electric skateboard and offer better boards for less than Boosted would. I bought mine for 900EUR, but only because I'm impatient and wouldn't wait 2 months for rail shipping from China.

    Overall I'm very happy with the decision. Riding this thing is super involving compared to a bicycle or an e-scooter where you're more of a driver. Initially it was pretty scary as there's a lot of power and torque from the drivetrain on tap. It also means that protective gear is a must. On bike lanes and good pavement I regularly reach 30km/h and only a crack or a rock is enough to stall the 90mm wheels or make one lose balance. I wear a helmet and knee, elbow and wrist protection. A bad fall would give me some asphalt burn, but my wrists wouldn't brake which is one of the more common falling injuries.

    The riding is a dream. On good pavement the board runs super buttery and you can carve like on any other board. It also forces me to empty my mind as the riding is very demanding and the board doesn't forgive errors. Luckily I've only stalled on low speeds so I could continue running rather than catch air. Reddit is full of stories with broken bones and as I understand, most folks experience their worst falls on second season when there's enough confidence to really push it.

    If you crave some adrenaline and maybe are looking for an alternative means of personal transportation, do try it out. I ride about 15km every day to and from work, so it's practical too.
     
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    i’ve got 500 miles on a OneWheel XR, bought in September 2020. easily the best and most fun purchase in the last 15 years.
    With the IOS app tuning the board a bit stiffer and a tad bit of lean, it feels like 90% snowboarding in soft powder.

    smooth neighborhood roads make carving a dream, summer snowboarding perfection. yet it still rides well on dirt / bike trails.
     
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    Oh, yeah! Haven't seen one of those around, but I like the bigger wheel giving more resistance to obstacles. Interesting that it "only" has a single 750W motor. My board has two of them and I'm starting to crave more. Especially as I plan to move to 120mm wheels, some torque would be lost and making it up would require beefier motors. Half considering going DIY and crafting my dream board with something insane like a pair of 3500W motors for erm... better heat management.
     
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    In Amsterdam I see the long-boards and steps more often these days. That includes the electronic and the analogue (muscle power) versions.

    I like them. They are very nimble and you can move around very quickly.

    There are a few issues though.
    • Often I see people on these things with headphones on.
    • Often these people do not care about which surface they use or its rules (pavement, bike-lane, road).
    • Often these people do not signal left or right for turns.
    • Often these people are hard to notice when daylight fades.
    • In the worst case, combine the above points with the refusal to wear reflection or lights in the dark every person with a drivers-license has to consider them keen on suicide.
    Yeah, I am not joking. I love being nimble and quick but in traffic situations you have to communicate with other people. Many of these other people tend to navigate with a car, motorcycle or moped. I know what a 20mph/30-ish km/hour crash can do and it hurts.
     

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